Saturday September 24, 2011 Day 9 Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 2 - 0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • Ledley 28’
  • Forrest 33’

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    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • Inverness Caledonian Thistle
    • 16:53 So, it’s as we were at the top of the SPL. Celtic close the gap to four points again on Rangers, who won comprehensively, 4-0 at Dunfermline earlier today. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90'+2 And the final minute passes without incident as William Collum brings the game to a close. Inverness gave Celtic some scares early on, but in the end, goals from Joe Ledley and James Forrest see Celtic to a comfortable 2-0 win.
    • 90'+1 We're in the first of two minutes of added time.
    • 90' Last minute corner for Inverness. Andrew Shinnie delivers and the huge figure of Forster comes to gather safely.
    • 89' Golobart again for Inverness and this time Loovens makes an awful shank! Hangs his head and that hasn’t been the first rick the Celtic defence has made today.
    • 88' Tansey out of defence. Shinnie knocks it forward and that’s headed out of play by Loovens.
    • 87' Tade on the run for Inverness. Needs back up as he faces three defenders. Loovens is the man who does the job on the Frenchman. Tade has looked lively today, but hasn't had enough help.
    • 86' Still the noise rings around Celtic Park as Foran is robbed by Kayal.
    • 85' Into the last five minutes as Terry Butcher shows his disagreement with the ref as a decision that goes Celtic’s way. No way back for his team now, surely.
    • 84' Bangura for Celtic as the green and white hoops come forward again. Forrest tries to find Bagura again. Inverness will squeeze this one away.
    • 82' Forrest now, whips in the cross, MCCOURT!! Tries a flicked header as Tansey delays and puts it wide!! Should have powered that one rather than going for the subtle approach! A great chance for Celtic to put this game to bed goes begging!
    • 80' Free-kick now to Inverness. Shinnie delivers again, cleared this time as we move into the last 10 minutes.
    • 79' FORAN!! So close for Caley!! Shinnie whips a cross into the box and Foran dives full length to connect with a diving header!! Great move by the visitors!!
    • 78' Celtic happy to play the ball around but you can’t help thinking that Neil Lennon will be desperate for a third. Inverness aren’t out of this!
    • 77' Andrew Shinnie to Tansey. Played forward by Golobart. Looks for Foran but that’s good defending by Matthews as he sees the ball safely out of play.
    • 76' El Kaddouri tries to give McCourt an early touch, doesn’t make it and the other new man, Samaras, gives away a free-kick.
    • 75' Double substitution for Celtic. Georgios Samaras is on for Stokes and Paddy McCourt replaces Ki.
    • 75' El Kaddouri for Celtic, Ki is up there and they could have two against one! Ooh! That’s poor! The ball slides out for a throw.
    • 74' Davis chips the ball away under pressure from Bangura. Good defending by the Caley man.
    • 73' Celtic build again. That’s looking for Ledley on the edge of the box and he Bhoys win ANOTHER corner! The pressure is beginning to build on the Highanders.
    • 72' Short corner this time. Doesn’t come off and Inverness can get the ball away.
    • 71' Free-kick to Celtic. Ki runs to the byline, in comes the cross and Tokely is there to head the ball behind.
    • 69' Matthews to Majstorovic. Finds Ledley. Good possession by Celtic. El Kaddouri now. The ball comes off Davis, through to Ki – and all the way back to Forster! Well, that was worth it! Good possession, yes, but ultimately, pretty pointless. There are certainly more goals in this match yet, surely?
    • 68' Kayal with a cheeky back heel almost plays Greg Tansey in! What was he thinking there? Good job that El Kaddouri was alert to the danger!
    • 67' Not this time for the Bhoys, Andrew Shinnie will clear his lines.
    • 66' Andrew Shinnie with an early chance to make a difference as he shapes to take a corner. Knocked away and Celtic can counter.
    • 65' No real chances of note this half so far, but the Celtic fans are making their voices heard as they bid to lift their team.
    • 64' Thomas Piermayr comes off and Andrew Shinnie is on for the visitors.
    • 63' Tansey plays it in. Fails to beat Ledley at the near post and Butcher is preparing Andrew Shinnie on the sidelines.
    • 62' Great pace by Tade as Caley counter. Loovens pokes it out for a corner.
    • 61' El Kaddouri looks for Ki. Matthews down the flank, Ledley hammers that one back for Forrest! Way too hard as Forrest watches the ball disappear!
    • 60' We’re at the hour mark. Celtic are looking more than comfortable comfortable at the moment.
    • 59' Shane Sutherland tries to find a way into the Celtic box. No way through Loovens though.
    • 57' Golobart for Inverness. Launches a high ball which bounces in front of El Kaddouri. Deals with this one, which is more than the Celtic defence did in the early stages of the first half!
    • 55' Bangura! Great run and cross. Headed behind and that’ll be another Celtic corner.
    • 54' Meanwhile, a Celtic corner comes to nothing and here comes the change. Just the one for now as Chippendale makes way for Sutherland.
    • 53' Terry Butcher is lining up a couple of subs here. Shane Sutherland is set to come on.
    • 52' Ledley for Celtic. Looks for El Kaddouri. Foran gets there first in front of Stokes and that’ll be a Celtic throw.
    • 50' And that’s the end of Hooper’s day.Mohamed Bangura will replace him.
    • 48' Forrest with great pace. Knocks it back for Hooper, finds STOKES!! !! Oooh! Over the bar!! What a chance to make it three!
    • 46' Looks for Tade immediately. Celtic clear, and Hooper is already limping.
    • 46' And Celtic get us back underway!
    • 45'+1 Chippendale knocks it in, headed away by the Celtic defence and that’s the last action of the half. Inverness came out with all guns blazing, but the nasty injury to David Proctor has made all the difference. Celtic have taken full advantage and lead 2-0 at the break!
    • 45' There’ll be one minute of time added on as Caley win a second corner. Late pressure from the visitors.
    • 45' Shinnie again, puts the ball in and Loovens concedes the corner!
    • 44' Again Inverness have the ball. Chippendale races down the byline. Matthews is there to poke the ball out of play.
    • 42' It’s knocked clear again but only as far as TANSEY!! Oooh! Just wide! Inverness are reminding their opponents that they’re not out of this match yet!
    • 41' Again the Celtic defence looks uncertain as Tade tries to get on the end of the loose ball.
    • 40' Ki for Celtic. Has El Kaddouri outside, but elects to play the ball behind him and that’ll go out for a throw. Matthews looks for El Kaddouri, banged clear by the Inverness backline.
    • 39' Foul by Loovens on Tade as he tried to shepherd the ball out. Quick free-kick as Loovens again switches off. Lucky for the Dutchman as the ball is deflected out for a Celtic goal kick.
    • 37' Corner to Inverness and Forster looked less than happy there as the ball came in. A goal for Inverness before the break would make all the difference.
    • 36' Matthews with a throw to Stokes. Aiden Chippendale wins it but bundles Loovens over for a cheap free-kick. Could have played in Tade who seems to have vanished from the game.
    • 34' Terry Butcher will be happy to get to half time without further damage here. The bottom club are in deep trouble.
    • 33' GOAL CELTIC!! Forrest and Shinnie come together, the ball finds Ki who plays it forward for Ledley, Forest makes a great run and toe-pokes the ball home!! Celtic are two to the good!!
    • 31' Good counter by Caley, It’s Shinnie with the run, takes on Matthews, shapes for the cross - and that’s a poor end to a promising move. Bad cross by the defender.
    • 30' We’re at the half hour mark as the ball falls to STOKES!! Blocked by an Inverness defender! Celtic knocking at the door again!
    • 29' That’s a body blow for the visitors. Another injury, an enforced change and one down at Celtic Park!
    • 28' GOAL CELTIC!! Two passes put Ledley away and he cracks a left-footer beyond Esson and into the corner!! 1-0 Celtic!!
    • 28' Forrest tumbles under Shinnie’s challenge. No free-kick says the ref.
    • 27' And here’s the change. Golobart is on. Another injury worry for Terry Butcher.
    • 26' And Proctor ‘s day is over! Looks like Wigan loanee Roman Golobart to come on.
    • 25' Yellow card for Foran. Hardly surprising from such a fiery player.
    • 24' After a great start, the 10-men have understandably been pinned back. El Kadouri down the left hand side. Fires it in for STOKES!! Too much on that one and the ball flies out.
    • 23' Hooper and Kayal linking up for Celtic. Runs for Kayal. Good interception by Tokes. Still Celtic come forward but David Davis smacks a clearance right through to Forster.
    • 22' Still no sign of Proctor as we reach the halfway point in the first period. Richie Foran is making up the numbers in defence at the moment.
    • 21' Ball falls to KI!! Great block by Tokely!!
    • 20' Caley down to 10 men for the time being. Celtic come forward again. Ki tries to play a one-two with Hooper. Ross Tokely is there to intercept.
    • 19' Ki takes it. Looks for Forrest at the far post. Clashes with David Proctor and that’s a nasty clash! The Inverness defender will need stitches in a cut.
    • 18' Adam Matthews turns, whips in the cross and that’s off Graeme Shinnie for a corner.
    • 17' Ledley again for Celtic. Looks like he was caught by Tansey. Ref says no, but Stokes has it. Knocks it into the corner and Forrest collects. Good possession by Celtic. This is better.
    • 16' HOOPER!! Out of nothing, turns and lets fly with a 20-yarder. Just wide as Esson scrambles across his goal. So close for the hosts!
    • 15' Ki for Celtic. To Ledley. Finds Hoopwer. Looks for James Forrest and that’s another poor ball.
    • 14' Celtic have yet to test Esson in the Inverness goal. Neil Lennon looks like he’s fuming!
    • 13' Majstorovic panicking at the back. Inverness will fancy getting something with the long ball over the top.
    • 11' Applause rings out around Celtic Park as Bhoys fans unfurl a banner making a telling plea for standing room in the stadium.
    • 10' Loovens breaks up another attack by the visitors. Majstorovic brings it away but that’s an awful pass by El Kaddouri.
    • 9' Free-kick to Celtic. Chance for Ki to put pressure on Caley keeper Ryan Esson. In it comes. Nudge by Anthony Stokes and that’ll be a cheap free-kick for Inverness.
    • 7' Daniel Majstorovic gives it away, Foran sends in the cross for NICK ROSS!!! Just can’t make contact!! Celtic are rocking!
    • 6' The centre backs again looked baffled when faced with Greg Tansey’s long ball there! Terry Butcher’s side have started well!
    • 5' GREGORY TADE!! He’s in behind the Celtic defence. Forster doesn’t know whether to stick or twist! Eventually comes out! Blocks Tade’s strike and the ball rebounds off the Frenchman and luckily away to safety! What a chance for the visitors!!
    • 4' That’s an early touch for Fraser Forster. Thumps it long. Inverness win it back and Glenn Loovens looked less than confident dealing with that long ball!
    • 3' James Forrest. That’s a useful cross. Ross Tokely is there to clear his lines.
    • 2' Greg Tansey cleverly plays the ball off Ledley. Throw to Caley. El Kaddouri is there to stop Richie Foran making progress.
    • 1' Joe Ledley to Ki Sung-Yeung. Taken out but Badr El-Kaddouri has it. Good advantage played , but the Moroccan can’t get a shot away.
    • 1' And we're underway!
    • 14:57 And our ref today is William Collum.
    • 14:55 INVERNESS:: Esson, Piermayr, Tokely, Proctor, Graeme Shinnie, Ross, Tansey, Davis, Chippendale, Tade, Foran. Subs: Tuffey, Andrew Shinnie, Golobart, Shane Sutherland, McKay, Gillet, Meekings.
    • 14:50 And the teams are in! CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Loovens, El Kaddouri, Forrest, Kayal, Ki, Ledley, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Wanyama, M Wilson, Bangura, Rogne, McCourt, Samaras.
    • 14:22 Terry Butcher's side effectively snatched the title out of their opponents' grasp with a shock 3-2 win in last season's run-in and the Highlanders will no doubt expect Celtic to exact revenge.
    • 14:22 Bhoys boss, Neil Lennon is looking for his side 'to win well' to re-energise the supporters following their disappointing 4-2 defeat to the Gers in last week's first Old Firm clash of the season.
    • 14:20 Celtic look set to start the match seven points behind Rangers who currently lead Dunfermline 3-0 in the early kick off. See Dunfermline v Rangers LIVE here!
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the SPL clash between Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle from Celtic Park!
  • Summary

    • 16:53 So, it’s as we were at the top of the SPL. Celtic close the gap to four points again on Rangers, who won comprehensively, 4-0 at Dunfermline earlier today. Thanks for joining us!
    • 82' Forrest now, whips in the cross, MCCOURT!! Tries a flicked header as Tansey delays and puts it wide!! Should have powered that one rather than going for the subtle approach! A great chance for Celtic to put this game to bed goes begging!
    • 68' Kayal with a cheeky back heel almost plays Greg Tansey in! What was he thinking there? Good job that El Kaddouri was alert to the danger!
    • 55' Bangura! Great run and cross. Headed behind and that’ll be another Celtic corner.
    • 42' It’s knocked clear again but only as far as TANSEY!! Oooh! Just wide! Inverness are reminding their opponents that they’re not out of this match yet!
    • 33' GOAL CELTIC!! Forrest and Shinnie come together, the ball finds Ki who plays it forward for Ledley, Forest makes a great run and toe-pokes the ball home!! Celtic are two to the good!!
    • 31' Good counter by Caley, It’s Shinnie with the run, takes on Matthews, shapes for the cross - and that’s a poor end to a promising move. Bad cross by the defender.
    • 28' GOAL CELTIC!! Two passes put Ledley away and he cracks a left-footer beyond Esson and into the corner!! 1-0 Celtic!!
    • 24' After a great start, the 10-men have understandably been pinned back. El Kadouri down the left hand side. Fires it in for STOKES!! Too much on that one and the ball flies out.
    • 21' Ball falls to KI!! Great block by Tokely!!
    • 16' HOOPER!! Out of nothing, turns and lets fly with a 20-yarder. Just wide as Esson scrambles across his goal. So close for the hosts!
    • 5' GREGORY TADE!! He’s in behind the Celtic defence. Forster doesn’t know whether to stick or twist! Eventually comes out! Blocks Tade’s strike and the ball rebounds off the Frenchman and luckily away to safety! What a chance for the visitors!!
    • 14:55 INVERNESS:: Esson, Piermayr, Tokely, Proctor, Graeme Shinnie, Ross, Tansey, Davis, Chippendale, Tade, Foran. Subs: Tuffey, Andrew Shinnie, Golobart, Shane Sutherland, McKay, Gillet, Meekings.
    • 14:50 And the teams are in! CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Loovens, El Kaddouri, Forrest, Kayal, Ki, Ledley, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Wanyama, M Wilson, Bangura, Rogne, McCourt, Samaras.

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
      Substitution Out75′ 4.7 -
      6.4 -
      Goal 6.8 -
      Goal 6.5 -
      Strikers
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      Substitution Out52′ 6.4 -
      Subs
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      Substitution In75′ 6.2 -
      Substitution In52′ 7.6 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Substitution Out27′ 6.5 -
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out56′ 6.3 -
      Strikers
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      Yellow Card 6.5 -
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      Substitution In56′ 5.7 -
      Substitution In27′ 5.7 -

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